David Krut Projects in Cape Town is a cosy elegant space nestled in the garden retreat of the Montebello Design Centre. A satellite gallery connecting the larger David Krut Projects network with Cape Town art community-arena, and which increases the David Krut footprint of accessible arts spaces for the public.
David Krut Projects Cape Town is together a gallery, bookstore and community resource centred on the arts. The gallery includes a formal exhibition space for rotating exhibitions, a salon placing works from the David Krut Projects collection on view and a permanent William Kentridge exhibition. Nestled in and around the gallery is the cosy specialist bookstore of arts, design, coffee table and children’s books. In between rests sculptures and works of art. To celebrate and discover new books, the gallery hosts book exhibitions and book launches which feature author and editor discussions.
David Krut Projects Cape Town hosts frequent free arts events each month. Regular highlights include the fortnightly gallery tour on late Saturday mornings. Elize de Beer and Augusta Wicht discuss the current exhibition and two featured artists. The work displayed during gallery tours by the featured artists are from the David Krut Projects Cape Town Collection and otherwise not on exhibition.
The second Thursday of every month features the David Krut Film Club where food, wine and neighbouring Montebello studios’ work will be on sale. To celebrate and discover new books, the gallery hosts book exhibitions and book launches which profile author and editor discussions.
David Krut Projects Cape Town reflects the identity of the greater David Krut Projects network which extends across Johannesburg, New York and Cape Town. The heart of David Krut Projects lives within the David Krut Workshop, a Print Workshop situated within the Maboneng Arts on Main Precinct. The workshop has been home to long-term collaborative relationships with South African artists such as William Kentridge, Deborah Bell and Diane Victor where many of their prints originated. David Krut Projects and the Workshop conceptualises artworks with artists, introducing international collaborators and acting as technical advisors. This core element of our work means our galleries are less a commercial gallery, but rather a way to expose our artists’ works to the public both nationally and internationally. As such most artworks exhibited at the David Krut Project galleries are printed in our Workshop.
Our art activities also spread into the realm of publishing. David Krut Publishing has edited and published a plethora of material on South African art and artists. In particular, our core artists. Publishing collaborations include Grinnell University and the Tate Modern. The publishing house, though little known outside of the South African education arena, is a leading publisher on South African artists internationally.
The David Krut Bookstore which operates out of Johannesburg, Maboneng and Cape Town specialises in high-quality affordable art, design and children’s books from the Tate Gallery in London, boutique international and local publishing houses. A key distributer of art books in South Africa and as art literacy takes primacy over commercial value, our books are regularly the most affordable place to purchase art books.